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Yesterday's Catches - Today's River Levels - Tomorrow's Availability

April 2021 - No. 9

Anglers have been catching fish again this week in the high teens and above 20lb - largest salmon.

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April 28th 2021


Ledmore Isle of Mull

Ledmore, Mull.

Looking for a safe family staycation with trout fishing this summer?

Ledmore on the Isle of Mull is a traditional island house in a totally secluded location next to a large wild trout loch.

It's the perfect place for children to learn to fish and those who love wild flowers won't be disappointed. Eagle watching, wild swimming and canoeing can all be done at Ledmore. There are plenty of good walks and cycling routes and you can rent the owners boat to go fishing or just go to the loch for a leisurely picnic - read more.

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A private waterfall in the garden is a much loved feature and an ideal spot to relax and enjoy a BBQ, or wander through the meadows surrounding the house and have a picnic with a view of the lake. There are no other houses nearby, so it's about as secluded and private as you can get!

Ledmore has recently been added to FishPal and we expect availability for summer and early autumn weeks to go quickly - read more.


River Dee

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Jim Cowie fishing Little Blackhall & Inchmarlo.

It has been a beautiful week on Royal Deeside with the river and whole valley basking in sunshine. The river is low but the water is lovely and clear. The catches were spread all along the river this week from Crathie down to Park and a total of 13 beats reported catches and some 29 fish between them. Ghillies said they had seen fresh fish in the river again, as did I when visiting the Dinnet beat on Friday, so that is encouraging - read more.

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Callum Imray fishing Cairnton and Mid Blackhall.

This week the forecasted rain should give the water a much-needed lift and the cloud cover should also help conditions. Find Dee fishing.

River Dee Ghillies Tip

This week's top tip is from Jordan Sinclair at Lower Blackhall & Banchory he said "Try stripping a long winged fly like a Sunray Shadow or a Monkey through the pool first and then swing a small fly behind."


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Would you like to fish up to seven Dee beats in 24 hours? There are just a few places remaining on this popular Dee event - read more.


River Tweed

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Neil Sayers fishing Bemersyde beat.

50 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout were landed for the week with the best fish being 14lb Salmon caught on the Junction and Hendersyde beats. Above Kelso 6 fish were reported. Between Kelso and Coldstream 29 and below Coldstream 15 were reported. The best fishing was on Junction beat with 7 springers - read more.

Looking at the forecast, this week is looking a bit more overcast which is coinciding with some bigger tides, maybe just maybe we might see some more fish enter the river this week. Anglers wishing to cast a line on Tweed, permits start from £20 - find fishing.

River Tweed Top Tips

Martin Ritchie Tweed Reporter and Head boatman on Upper North Wark recommends the following for the week ahead. Floating lines with assorted poly leaders should suffice on most beats. Gledswood Shrimp, Tritton Shrimp, Willie Gunn, Sunray Shadow and Aurora Cascade are all capable to tempting fish on around ½"- ¾" tubes. Dressed flies are now worth a go more often in a size 8-12s - read more.


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Kenny Armstrong fishing Newbie beat in April.

Over the weekend the bright sun and warm weather continued and the big hatches of grannom have begun, although, the fish hadn't quite switched on to them. Instead, they continued to rise to the small afternoon hatches of march browns and olive uprights.

Hopefully we'll see some rain soon to freshen things up and if the warm weather remains, we'll likely see the first decent runs of sea trout coming into the lower river - read more.


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River Spey

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One of 2 fish caught by Al Peake in bright conditions on Arndilly beat.

It was another very sunny week on Speyside. This is never 'ideal' conditions for fishing but after a winter of lockdown and indoor pursuits, a bit of spring sunshine should always be welcomed – and, from what I hear, it didn't hinder the catches on the river. On one of the lower river beats the majority of their catch came in the afternoon sessions – which almost defies our usual logic regarding the most productive time to fish on sunny days. However it's worth noting that most of these springers were sealiced – some with long tails – they are travelling fast upstream - read more.

The river is starting to hold a reasonable stock of salmon now. New fish are arriving each day and there's a general air of optimism amongst our anglers and ghillies. Short term outlook looks positive. Find Fishing.

Customer Feedback Spey

Arndilly - Despite the low water Euan and the team made it a very enjoyable and memorable day on a bucket list beat.



River Tay

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Stunning fish caught on Murthly 2.

Upper Kinnaird produced a magnificent fly caught fish weighing 22lb from the Meetings Pool on Thursday. Steve Watt landed a sixteen pounder and Alun Williams had two fish, including a 20lber from Portnacraig Beat on the River Tummel - read more.

Murthly continues to produce fish regularly including a superb 20lber. Robert McFarlane had a great day on Saturday at Kercock when he landed a magnificent springer weighing 20lbs - read more.

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First salmon for Andrew Kennedy fishing Stobhall.

Water heights are now perfect for many beats on the middle and lower river and there have been some stunning spring salmon landed from the Tay system in the sparkling Perthshire sunshine in the last week - Find Fishing Permits

Customer Feedback Tay

Lower Kinnaird - Martin Edgar, Ghillie, was extremely helpful and more than happy to answer any questions and give advice re flies, approach to pools, salmon lies, etc.

Cargill - excelllent service from ghillies David and Dylan. Cargill has something to suit every fisher from the beginner to very experienced and with the addition of the new lower hut the facilities are amongst the best you will find on the river.


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SalmonSizer App

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Catch and release is vital to help protect and restore salmon stocks in our rivers. However, it is difficult to accurately weigh a fish which is still alive and in the water, so Pete Owen has developed the SalmonSizer App to calculate the weight, in pounds or kilograms, as accurately as possible. Only two measurements are required, in inches or centimetres, the length and girth of your salmon. If it is not possible to measure the girth the app will approximate it for you based on an average salmon girth - read more.

The SalmonSizer App is quick and easy to use, will assist with catch records and give some credence to all of those great fishing stories!

You can download it on the App Store or get it on Google Play.


East Ranga Iceland Prize Draw

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Atlantic Salmon Trust Prize draw to fish on the East Ranga river in Iceland for two rods, fishing six half day sessions over four days, fully guided, 17th – 20th August 2021.

Included in this four day trip is your stay at the Aurora Lodge Hotel, on a full board basis. Rooms are single en-suite. The Aurora Lodge is situated in the South-West corner of Iceland just 80 minutes from the Icelandic capital Reykjavik and has unbroken views of snowy Mt.Hekla and the Eyjarfjallajokull glacier to the East. Flowing past the fishing lodge is the East Ranga River, one of the most productive Atlantic salmon Rivers in the world, with a five year average catch of 4300 salmon, high even by Icelandic standards, and an all-time record of 9070 salmon landed in the 125 days of the 2020 season - read more.

Online tickets can be bought until 16:00hrs on Monday 24th May 2021. This outstanding adventure valued at £12,000 has been generously donated to the Atlantic Salmon Trust by RIPP Sporting Ltd - read more.


River Findhorn

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Craig Alexander with his first fish caught on Altyre Estate in April.

Fishing the Altyre Estate and Darnaway beats, has been quite productive by and large, with some good runs of early Spring salmon coming into the River Findhorn. The weather over the last couple of weeks has also become much milder, with warm and sunny days all through this last week. With the warmer weather and warmer water, fish are now ascending the Poolie Falls at Sluie and the fist fish of the season from Logie Estate was caught on Friday - read more.



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